The Annabelle movie is a spin-off/prequel to The Conjuring. Other than in the opening scene, it doesn't feature any of the human characters from The Conjuring. It instead focuses on the backstory of the doll that was in the possession of paranormal researchers Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) in The Conjuring movie. The story includes a fictionalized explanation of how a demon became attached to the doll. It also somewhat reveals how the doll came to be named after a deceased young girl named Annabelle, though the 2017 prequel Annabelle: Creation clarifies this further. Lorraine Warren is pictured below with the real Annabelle doll.
No. In the Annabelle movie, husband John Form (Eric Laden) gives the doll to his pregnant wife Mia (Annabelle Wallis) as a present. Through our research into the Annabelle true story, we learned that John and Mia Form are fictional characters. The real Annabelle doll was given as a birthday present by a mother to her daughter, Donna, a nursing student who was turning 28. Donna's mother purchased the Raggedy Ann Doll from a hobby store in 1970. Given the style of the real doll, it was most likely purchased new since that particular Raggedy Ann Doll with the calico dress does not predate the 1970s. Most of the Annabelle movie focuses on the vintage doll's existence prior to Donna's mother purchasing it at the hobby store, offering a fictional account of how the demon could have entered and stayed with the doll. Donna, her roommate Angie, and Angie's fiancé Lou are depicted at the beginning of the movie telling demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren about their experiences with the doll.
No. As we investigated the Annabelle true story, we discovered that the doll's former owners, nursing students Donna and Angie, had never been attacked by members of a satanic cult who intruded into their home and subsequently passed a malevolent entity into the doll. This part of the movie is pure fiction, which takes place in 1969, the year before Donna comes into possession of the doll (which was likely purchased new). It was created to provide a fictionalized explanation as to how the demonic spirit became attached to the doll. In real life, the spirit pretends to be that of an innocent young girl named Annabelle, who supposedly died when she was still a child. This correlates more with what happens in the prequel Annabelle: Creation.
According to the Warrens' story, Donna, the nursing student who shared a tiny apartment with her roommate Angie, a fellow nurse, would come home to find that the doll had shifted positions. At first, its movements were subtle and confined to the bed where Donna had left the doll. However, in time the movements became more noticeable. Donna and Angie began to discover the doll in different rooms than they had left it. It would even appear back in Donna's room with the door shut. Sometimes they found the doll with its legs crossed and its arms folded, while on other occasions it was found standing on its feet, leaning against a dining room chair. They even discovered it kneeling on a chair, which was strange because if they tried to make the doll kneel on its own, it would fall over. It couldn't kneel.
As stated in The Demonologist book, strange activity involving the real Annabelle doll had been going on for about a year before paranormal researchers Ed and Lorraine Warren became involved in the case and eventually took the doll into their possession. Ed and Lorraine's meeting with the doll's owner, her roommate, and her roommate's fiancé is depicted at the beginning of both the The Conjuring and Annabelle.
Yes, at least according to the Warrens' story, it did. Demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren claim that the doll's original owner, Donna, a nursing student, came home from work to find what looked like blood on the back of the doll's hand and three drops of blood on its chest. There was no explanation for how the red substance had gotten there. This event is what prompted the doll's owner, Donna, to contact a medium for help. In a somewhat unrelated event in the Annabelle movie, we see blood from a dying cult member drip into the doll's eye socket (pictured earlier).
Yes. Although there is no medium or séance depicted in the movie, according to the Annabelle doll true story, as told by Ed and Lorraine Warren, the doll's owner, Donna, contacted a medium after noticing that three drops of blood had mysteriously appeared on the doll's chest and more blood was on the back of the doll's hand. The medium became involved 4-6 weeks after the paranormal activity first began.
Yes, but not to the degree shown in the movie. A man named Lou was the fiancé of Donna's roommate Angie and had been staying with them since the doll had arrived. Lou wasn't fond of the doll and warned Donna that it was evil. One night, Lou awoke suddenly from a deep sleep and realized that he was unable to move. He saw the Annabelle doll at his feet and watched as it slowly glided up his leg and over his chest. Before he knew it, the doll had begun to strangle him until he blacked out. He woke up the next morning certain that his experience wasn't a dream.
On a later occasion, Lou and Angie were studying maps to prepare for a trip Lou was embarking on the next day when they heard rustling noises coming from Donna's room. Lou approached the closed door and waited for the noises to stop before entering. He turned on the light and saw Annabelle laying on the floor in a corner. He walked over to the doll, but as he did, he began to sense that someone was behind him. He spun around but no one was there. In an instant, he found himself doubled over, grabbing his chest, which was now bleeding. Upon inspection, he discovered seven claw-like scratches on his chest (four horizontal and three vertical) that were hot like burns. The scratches healed rapidly and were fully gone in two days.
Paranormal researcher Ed Warren believes that the doll has been responsible for at least one death. During a video tour of Ed and Lorraine Warren's Occult Museum in Monroe, Connecticut, Ed pointed out the Raggedy Ann doll in its case, "Many of the objects in this room here have had dire effects on people. People have been maimed, have been killed. People have wound up in mental institutions because of many of the things that are right in this building here. You have the voodoo dolls, you have the Raggedy Ann Doll, which was responsible for the death of a young man who came in here one time, who challenged the doll to do its worst and it did."
The young man had apparently come to The Occult Museum on his motorcycle with his girlfriend for a tour. As Ed Warren was giving the tour, the young man started to mock the doll and while doing so, he ran up and began tapping on the glass of the case that the doll is enclosed in. He challenged the doll to put scratches on him like it had supposedly done in the past to a man named Lou, who had been friends with the doll's former owner, Donna. Ed kicked the young man out of the museum. Approximately three hours later, the young man died when he lost control of his motorcycle and hit a tree. His girlfriend survived but remained hospitalized for over a year. -Warrens Occult Museum Tour
According to the Warrens, Donna, who owned the doll, along with her roommate Angie, contacted a medium who held a séance with the doll present. "The woman had told them, the medium, that there was a spirit of a seven-year-old child in the doll by the name of Annabelle," says Ed Warren, "who had been killed outside of their apartment house in an automobile accident. Well, there was such a child, but God does not allow a child's spirit to go into a doll. This was a devil, a demon, inside the doll, which was impersonating the spirit of a child" (Seekers of the Supernatural).
Unlike the movie, the doll's owner never saw what appeared to be the ghost of a different seven-year-old girl named Annabelle Higgins, who in the film grows up to start a satanic cult. In the 2017 prequel, we learn that Annabelle Higgins is actually the fictional orphan Janice, who became possessed by the demon attached to the doll. Janice escaped, was adopted by the Higgins family, and changed her name to Annabelle after the doll, which in turn was named Annabelle after the doll maker's daughter, who died at age seven when she was hit by a car.
According to the Annabelle true story, after the demon that was attached to the doll inflicted physical harm upon Donna's roommate's fiancé Lou, it was then that Donna, the doll's owner, came to the realization that the spirit might not be all that innocent. Donna contacted an Episcopal priest named Father Hegan, who contacted a superior, Father Cooke, who immediately got in touch with paranormal researchers Ed and Lorraine Warren. The Warrens convinced Father Cooke to perform an exorcism on the apartment in order to cleanse the home. He also blessed the individuals who were there. At Donna's request, the Warrens took the Raggedy Ann Doll with them when they departed. It has been in their possession ever since.
Yes. If you've ever visited Key West, Florida, then you're probably aware of one of the more well-known haunted dolls, Robert the Doll, which was the inspiration for Chucky from the horror movie Child's Play (pictured below). As the story goes, the doll had been given to Key West painter and author Robert Eugene Otto in 1906 by a Bahamian servant who worked for the Otto family. The servant was skilled in voodoo and black magic and was reported to have been displeased with the family.
Young Eugene became inseparable from his doll, which he named Robert, after himself. His parents could often overhear Eugene talking to the doll. They assumed Eugene was changing his voice to make the doll talk back, but eventually they suspected that the doll was actually speaking. Over the years, passersby reported seeing the doll move from window to window. The family caught glimpses of Robert the Doll running from room to room, and others claim it emitted a terrifying giggle. When Eugene's parents heard loud noises from his bedroom during the night, they would enter only to hear Eugene say, "Robert did it!"
Learn more about the real Annabelle doll and the alleged true story by watching the videos below. View a tour of Ed and Lorraine Warren's Occult Museum where the doll is currently located. Also, watch a prank for inspiration on how to create an Annabelle costume, and then view instructions on how to apply Annabelle doll makeup.
WATCHEd and Lorraine Warren Occult Museum Tour Featuring Annabelle
In this episode of a program titled
Seekers of the Supernatural,
paranormal researchers Ed and Lorraine
Warren describe some of the items in their
Occult Museum, including the Raggedy Ann
Doll that inspired the doll in the
Annabelle movie. "That's probably
the worst thing we have in this whole
museum," says Ed Warren.
WATCHAnnabelle Doll Documentary Reenactment
Host Don Wildman narrates this segment
about the real Annabelle doll. The
documentary-style segment from
Mysteries at the Museum features
a reenactment that helps to explain the
doll's backstory. The paranormal activity
surrounding the doll is touched upon,
including it switching positions.
WATCHRobert the Doll Documentary
This short Robert the Doll documentary
examines the haunted doll that resides in
Key West. The doll, which is dressed as an
early 20th century naval officer, was
given to artist Robert Eugene Otto by a
displeased Bahamian servant who was
skilled in black magic. Robert the Doll
became the inspiration for the evil doll
Chucky from the movie Child's
WATCHAnnabelle Halloween Costume Prank
To help promote the Annabelle
movie, this prank was set up featuring
someone wearing an Annabelle doll
Halloween costume. It took place at
Canada's 20th annual Fan Expo convention
in Toronto, Ontario, which sees more than
80,000 visitors. New Line Cinema's
Annabelle movie was showcased
within Rue Morgue Magazine's 'Festival of
Fear' via a clever prank. Fans pose next
to what they think is merely a fake
representation of the possessed Annabelle
doll. They quickly realize that the doll
they are posing next to isn't fake at all.
It wouldn't be all that difficult to
recreate the prank with an Annabelle
Halloween costume, a rocking chair, and a
large box or a wooden frame to construct
the doll's case. It would be a great way
to scare unsuspecting trick-or-treaters.
WATCHAnnabelle Doll Costume Makeup Instructions
British makeup artist Charlie Short
provides Annabelle makeup instructions via
a video tutorial. Charlie instructs
viewers on the proper makeup to use and
offers step-by-step instructions on how to
apply it so you look like the possessed
porcelain doll from the Annabelle
movie. If you attempt to follow the
Annabelle doll costume makeup
instructions, send us your pictures and
we'll post them on our Facebook page.
WATCHAnnabelle Movie Teaser Trailer
spin-off finds a husband (Ward Horton)
giving a doll to his pregnant wife,
portrayed by Annabelle Wallis (yes, the
actress's name is also Annabelle), to help
complete her collection. After a home
invasion, they discover that Annabelle the
Doll has introduced an unspeakable evil
into their home. Watch the
Annabelle movie teaser trailer
for a glimpse at the horror that ensues
shortly after the doll arrives. Annabelle
was inspired by a real-life Raggedy Ann
WATCHAnnabelle Movie Trailer
Here is the official Annabelle
movie trailer for the horror movie
spin-off about the doll featured in The
Conjuring. The actual doll exists
locked up in an occult museum in
Connecticut—supposedly visited twice
a month by a priest who blesses her. The
movie's plot involves a husband, John
Form, who has found the perfect gift for
his pregnant wife, Mia—an exquisite,
rare vintage doll in a breathtaking white
wedding dress. But Mia's delight with her
new doll Annabelle doesn't last long, as
an unspeakable evil possesses the doll
following a violent home invasion by
members of a satanic cult.